Dolphins and tangerine trees
As the new luxury marina suggests, Bodrum has established itself as a weekend retreat for rich Turkish urbanites. However, this has in no way diminished its Mediterranean charm. The famous wooden gulet boats offer a great mode of transport to explore the coast and to watch dolphins and swordfish. Gulets depart from the town harbour. Bodrum’s old town features picturesque alleyways and inviting restaurants that serve mezze and raki under tangerine, fig and quince trees. Temperatures in Bodrum are mild all year round, and the weather is almost always dry from April to October.
In the House of the Virgin Mary
Bodrum’s landmark is the Castle of St. Peter built by the Knights Hospitalier in the 15th century. Other places of interest are situated in the north of the peninsula and include the ancient Roman sites of Miletus and Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean region. The House of the Virgin Mary nearby is where Mary is said to have spent her final years. The small fishing village of Gündogan is also worth visiting. Gündogan is Turkish for “sunrise”. Now that sounds promising!